My logline didn't get chosen for the pitch. In a lot of ways that's a very good thing. The MS is in very rough shape and I would have needed to work on it night and day. But, it was still disappointing. It left me feeling out of sorts and little sorry for myself. So, I blew the diet and had an ice cream- my favourite comfort food. Back on the diet today.
I've been hitting the gym regularly over the past couple of weeks and the blood pressure has gone back to normal. It was pretty high a few weeks ago - dangerously so. You would think I would learn my lesson. So, no excuses about the gym.
So, where to now with Front Page Affair? I can't send in the synopsis because Diane V. has a requested full. I'll call on that by the end of this week since it's nearing the four month mark. I know the editors say three to four months on a full but I don't know anyone who heard in that short of time. But, a phone call before all of the eight (yes, eight! and I was NOT one of them) log line winners pitch next week. I thought if I wasn't chosen I would ditch the story but I should finish it just for the learning experience. I always learn so much more from finishing a MS than abandoning it.
Also, my clever title? Next month Desire has a book out called Front Page Engagement. And, Presents has a book coming out next month with a plot very similar to mine. I always think I'm so original and clever. Snort.
What to do?
There's a fifty page electronic contest with Diane v, the Desire editor, as a judge with a deadline of July 18th. This would be a good way to get some feedback and get it in front of Desire without waiting. But contests are a crap shoot and I have a lot of CP's that are very good. Hmm - indecision.
I registered for the KOD Retreat in Portland, Maine. I have a room mate and a place to crash in NB to break the 10 hour trip into two days - and a couple of other writer's to car pool with from Fredericton. One of the speakers is agent Meg Ruley who reps suspense and thrillers. She's Lisa Gardner and Julia Spencer-Flemming's agent. I have my RS, Shattered, from Nano and a series mystery idea that's been on the back burner since last summer. I want to set the mystery in Portland, Maine. I'd like to have a proposal for each of those but might realistically have to concentrate on Shattered. So little time...